• Sean Völlmin, Maeve Rosset, Christelle Becholey Besson

  • Sean Völlmin BB6.2R.P.D.T_01.02

  • Christelle Becholey Besson Laisse moi te goûter

  • Isadora Vogt Die Welt verkehrt

  • Nici Jost SAKURA PINK – the delicacy of power, Simon Hofmann Christine

  • Yanik Soland Melted Snowball Effect

  • Fabio Luks Schreiben

  • Ephraim Meister

  • Lea Rüegg und Raphaela Grolimund Wir über Kunst

  • Oliver Falk, Marc Hörler, Jemima Läubli

  • Elia Navarro … the stranger and the white noise

  • Ji Su Lee Advice

  • Anna Maria Balint Monuments of Absence

  • Fidel Stadelmann ROD 2016

  • Marisa Meier Kollabor

  • Paula Thiel Raum 1 – 8

Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Diplomausstellung Bachelor und Master
Kuratiert von Chus Martínez in Zusammenarbeit mit Lysann König

2. September bis 11. September 2016
Kaskadenkondensator und Kunsthalle Basel
kasko.ch, kunsthallebasel.ch

Mit Anna Maria Balint, Christelle Becholey Besson, Oliver Falk, Rebecca Feldmann, Klara Frick, Tomaz Gnus, Raphaela Grolimund, Lara Gysi, Simon Hofmann, Marc Norbert Hörler, Monika Iseli, Fanny Jemmely, Andreas Jenni, Nici Jost, Anastasija Kadisa, Jemima Läubli, Ji Su Lee, Céline Liebi, Fabio Luks, Marisa Meier, Ephraim Meister, Yolanda Esther Natsch, Elia Navarro, Dawn Nilo, Daniela Petrini, Maeva Rosset, Lea Rüegg, Jelena Savic, Rebeka Schiessl, Şebnem Seçkin, Yanik Soland, Fidel Stadelmann, Sandra Steiner-Strütt, Paul Takács, Paula Thiel, Yota Tsotra, Isadora Vogt, Sean Völlmin, Karin Würmli.

“Every contact leaves a trace”. The phrase expresses an enormous confidence in experience. All that is known departs from experience; the mind needs the senses. The senses are there not only for adaptive reasons but also as a way to create a force that both allows us to be part of the inanimate world and to understand that there is not such a thing as a “cut” between us and the rest, the whole, between an inner self and the outside, of me, of us. This thought seems harmless, but we’ve mostly opposed it for the last five hundred years. From religion to capitalism(s), all these systems have been constructing a different architecture, an architecture of a self that can exist independently of all the traces, of all the experiences; a self that can even make it alone or with just a few others, and survive “outside” the flow of events and experiences that others might feel. We’ve been building walls, hard skins, and filters—depending on which metaphor you like the most—to maintain the fiction that experience is good, but that it is also the enemy of our autonomy and autonomy is the key to our identity and identity is the key to our culture. It is still always strange when people ask why art is there, or what art is for. Hegel may have been right. Art isn’t there just for the obvious reason to continue this hard education on the major importance of the senses. He might as well have been right when he said that art might just be a placeholder, since it is not unthinkable to dream of an even better tool to expose ourselves continuously to abstraction (thinking) and materiality in such a way to understand that our major duty is not a moral one; it is instead to open up as wide as we can to complexity. I don’t think that Hegel would be surprised by those who question the existence of art. He would be surprised—shocked even—if the question would not in itself be the expression of a bigger ambition, an ambition to work even harder in the realm of unknown complexity.

Of all exhibitions that one might curate, this one, curated together with artist, activist, and former student of the Art Institute, Lysann König, is the most complex to introduce. Or the reverse: this exhibition is put together simply by the will to develop a project in order to come to terms with the notion, “I am an artist.” There’s no subject running through the show, yet one can identify certain concerns that are part of the mindset of these artists. These works seem to move away from any form of calculated language, from modernist nostalgia to conceptualism in all its forms. Many are not concerned in the first place with the materials or the media, but with the sensations that materials and media are able to produce when put to work to examine something that runs through many of the works: a restorative mimesis. What does this mean? If pushed to find words to convey to you what this generation of artists has in common, I would say an investigation of our current anxiety and the way art is able to capture this growing feeling, to demystify the causes, and to re-enchant our experience of life with a new trust. Anxiety is no longer a personal feeling, but a peculiar energy. Anxiety is an alteration and, in return, it deeply alters the way we sense and understand our sense of being in the world. We are trained to think in historical terms, to project our pasts onto our futures, and to produce mechanisms that ensure stability in the transmission of knowledge within the theatrical way of understanding our “civilization.”

Ausführliche Dokumentation aller Arbeiten unter: diplomhgkfhnw.ch/2016
Fotos: Christoph Bühler, Christian Knörr, Video: Raphael Stucky